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New Report Shows National Postsecondary Attainment Rate Rises to More Than 45 Percent

April 08, 2016

The U.S. is making slow, but steady progress in the number of Americans who hold high-quality credentials beyond high school diplomas. New data on nationwide postsecondary attainment released today by Lumina Foundation in its latest A Stronger Nation report indicates that 40.4 percent of working-age Americans (ages 25-64) held high-quality two- or four-year degrees in 2014, the latest U.S. Census Bureau (American Community Survey) figures available, up slightly from 40.0 percent in 2013.

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Outcomes-Based Funding: Important Takeaways for State Policymakers

March 10, 2016

A new series of reports argue for tying public funding to student outcomes.

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Lumina Foundation Papers Highlight How Outcomes-Based Funding Focuses Public Colleges and Universities on Increasing Student Completion

Nov 03, 2015

Lumina Foundation released the first installment in a series of papers on how states and public institutions are using new outcomes-based funding models to improve upon outdated performance- and enrollment-based funding approaches.

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New Poll Reveals Increasing Talent a National Priority

Sep 08, 2015

An overwhelming majority of Americans say the federal government should make it a high priority to increase the talent of our nation’s workforce, according to a new Gallup-Lumina Foundation Pulse Poll.

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Lumina Foundation Announces Election of New Board Member

Aug 31, 2015

Lumina Foundation has announced the election of Austan Goolsbee to serve on Lumina Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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Lumina Issues Affordability Benchmark to Reset National Conversation About College Affordability

Aug 19, 2015

Lumina releases Affordability Benchmark for Higher Education to define a clear and common understanding of what “affordable” means to students and families.

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Foundations work to close higher education gap through associate’s degree-attainment effort

July 07, 2015

Six major foundations today announced results from a joint initiative to increase postsecondary attainment by easing the path to completing associate’s degrees. Over its 15-month duration, the program, Credit When It’s Due, enabled 7,000 students from 11 states to secure associate’s degrees –helping to reduce the sizable ranks of Americans with some college but no degree.

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Lumina Foundation Releases Guidebook Outlining Campus Strategies for Supporting Low-Income Students

June 22, 2015

Beyond Financial Aid calls on colleges and universities to rethink student financial support, increase student success

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Diverse Group Of National Organizations Launches Dialogue Aimed At Transforming America's System Of Postsecondary Credentials

June 11, 2015

Lumina Foundation today released a thought piece, called “Connecting Credentials: A Beta Credentials Framework,” designed to frame the meaning of various credentials in terms of the knowledge and skills that recipients of each credential should have.

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Stronger Nation 2017 demonstration
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June 19, 2017

A Stronger Nation 2017 report uses Census data to track progress in degree attainment at several levels – nationally, in metropolitan areas, in all 50 states, and down to the county level. It also contains national data and state-specific estimates that show attainment of high-quality postsecondary certificates.